Sunday, September 02, 2012

New mosaic museum underway

Where Şanlıurfa had expected a new theme park, an archaeology museum, archaeopark and mosaic museum are being built. The world's most valuable mosaics too delicate to be transported will be displayed there.

Mosaics featuring hunting and fighting scenes of warrior 'Amazon women' from the Roman era in the fifth and sixth centuries and unearthed during the earchaeological excavavations in Şanlıurfa, are classified as the world's most valuable by experts. AA photos

Turkey's largest mosaic museum is being built where a theme park had been planned in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, one of the oldest cities in the world.

A few years ago, during the foundation excavations for a theme park in the Haleplibahçe neighborhood, mosaics featuring hunting and fighting scenes of warrior "Amazon women" from the Roman era in the fifth and sixth centuries were discovered. Experts have classified these mosaics as the world's most valuable.

The project was then transformed to include an archaeology museum, archaeopark and mosaic museum, as specialists were concerned that the artifacts being excavated could be damaged if transported to another place.

Via http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/new-mosaic-museum-underway.aspx?pageID=238&nid=27513&NewsCatID=375